Morning Brief, Wednesday, February 7

MARK WILSON/AFP/Getty Images Washington Paul Bremer is taking heat from Congress for cavalier accounting when he was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.  Middle East Leaders of the warring rival Fatah and Hamas factions vow not to leave Mecca without a peace agreement. I wouldn’t want to go back to Gaza either, frankly. ...

By , a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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Washington

Paul Bremer is taking heat from Congress for cavalier accounting when he was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. 

Middle East

Leaders of the warring rival Fatah and Hamas factions vow not to leave Mecca without a peace agreement. I wouldn’t want to go back to Gaza either, frankly.

Asia

More dead from floods in Indonesia.

Chinese journalists are taking advantage of relaxed censorship as Beijing tries to look good for the 2008 Olympics.

Global warming? It’s the West’s fault, says China. Fun fact: in 2006, China added the equivalent of the entire electricity output of the U.K. and Thailand combined.

A bookstore hit in China: how to get rich “the Jewish way.” 

Europe 

A third letter bomb explodes in Britain. 

Even after being weakened by automakers, the EU’s proposed new emissions standards on cars are the toughest in the world. 

The EU moves to make crimes against nature punishable by law.

Austrian police have broken up a huge child pornography network. 

Elsewhere 

President Bush wants to put the financial squeeze on the Sudanese government for its complicity in Darfur.

Heat from the Earth could power as much as 10 percent of the United States’ electricity by mid-century.

What’s the worst country in the world? I vote for Zimbabwe, which keeps getting worse.

Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.

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